So just the other day Kris, of Kris 'n' Good Books fame, was bored. She came up with a challenge, which you can read about if you click on the m/m rut challenge pic over there on the left. Your left.
When I noted that I have a very large comfort zone as regards my reading, it was recommended that I try a Young Adult novel. A few members of the fold recommended Vintage, by Steve Berman. And since I had a code for a free book on ARe (after that weekend buying spree...) I got it. It took me a few minutes to deal with the odd pdf format of the book but after that it was smooth sailing. I started it yesterday, finished it today, and here are my random thoughts:
Why it was out of my comfort zone: I haven't read any YA for a very long time. And I am pretty sure I never read YA with gay characters. Now that I've read so much m/m and also Urban Fantasy, etc., I'm not in a place where YA attracts me.
What I liked: I thought this was a well-told story. It was about a boy who can see ghosts, but it was told almost like a ghost story. The main characters were very well-realized, even with the narration in first person. I appreciated the theme of being attracted to the exotic and dangerous, but finding what you need right under your nose.
Niggles ('cause I had no big dislikes!): I wish the narrator had a name. I don't think we ever got to know his first name, and his last name is mentioned once. It's probably a metaphor for something, but it bugged me. The resolution with the ghost seemed just a little abrupt.
There, I hope this helps the venerable Kris slough off her boredom for a bit!
The pdf version of the book can be purchased here.